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St Mary’s Conservation Project National Symposium 07 April 2022

27th March 2022
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Paul Gardner, Chair St Mary’s Lydiard Tregoze Conservation Project reports:

The £1.1 million  Conservation Project at St Mary’s Lydiard Tregoze is now complete and we are holding a National Symposium for professionals in the heritage and conservation sector on 7 April 2022 at St Mary’s & Lydiard Park Conference Centre.
Historic Surfaces Within a Medieval Village Church: their varied complexity and the challenges of their prioritization and treatment.”
The arrangements for the day are as follows:
Details of the symposium can be found on  the ICON web site, which includes the details  & programme for the day and how to book:

A short overview of the Project:

The grant award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF)  was to conserve St Mary’s gorgeous interiors. The Project aims included conserving the building’s extensive and nationally-significant medieval wall paintings, 17th Century monuments, ancient carved woodwork and star-spangled ceiling. The grant enabled the church to carry out the conservation work, environmental improvements and access improvements to St Mary’s Church as well as the delivery of a specialist training programme and associated learning, volunteering and community engagement activities . This included hands-on conservation workshops and skills training. Now the project is complete, not only has the building been extensively conserved, but also the church is more accessible to the public. We have re-opened the hidden south porch and created a welcoming interpretation and activity area.  The church continues to provide a wide range of educational activities and events as well as offering training and volunteer opportunities for local people, families, school children, children’s theatre and higher education students.
The final element of the project has been the installation of imaginative interpretation panels.
We are delighted that this National Symposium for professionals in the heritage and conservation sector, in conjunction with  ICON, will  bring this very significant conservation project to a fitting conclusion.

Furthermore, I am delighted to confirm that Richard Bellamy Head of Engagement, London & South will be available to present on behalf of the Heritage Fund at the Symposium on 7 April 2022.